Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Far project session 2

How I wish I had retired!  I would love to have more time to indulge my hobby, but as it stands one Saturday or Sunday morning a week will probably be the limit.  At least the dog walking gives me an excuse to top up feed on the other day at the weekend.

So a Saturday visit to top up food at the 'far' project revealed nothing left at all - not what I would prefer, but at least the birds were around. I'd worked my way through 4,000 + pics from the trailcam so I knew there were a fair few species visiting (but no hawfinch!), as well as a fox, squirrels, plenty of mice and what might even have been a hedgehog. 

Returning on the Sunday I planned to focus on the niger/millet feeding spots, but the greenfinch ( a group of at least 8)  and coal tits were also new pics for this session.

The niger targets appeared and even though the light was overcast I got some decent shots of redpoll and fewer of siskin.  There is still some work to be done on background and perches although there are some restrictions at this particular site.  As always each time you go you make some progress.  The redpolls showed a good range of colour variation,  I'd wondered about a mealy (common) bird but on looking through I think they are just variations of lesser.  Click on a pic for bigger views.
Just look at the red on that last bird - no colour boosting.

There were fewer chaffinches around and I didn't see any brambling although the trailcam had shown there were at times.  I'm going to have to find a way top up the feed mid-week I think.  More chance now the days are lengthening.

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